About Us

The Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA.  Its 8,500 strong members from across the United States represent clients in all segments of the health care industry, including physicians, hospitals and other institutional providers, teaching and research organizations, managed care organizations and other third-party payors, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers.   In addition, our members work in governmental health care programs, federal and state regulatory bodies and the academic community. 


The Section has several publications geared toward providing its members with the information necessary to keep current with trends in health care law.

The Section's highly regarded newsletter, The Health Lawyer, is published six times a year. With topics ranging from proposed rule changes to effects of technology on health law, analyses of legislation, and mergers, The Health Lawyer is one of the most valued benefits of membership.

The Section has four very successful books: Health Care Fraud & Abuse: Practical Perspectives (Second Edition), E-Health Business and Transactional Law, Managed Care Litigation, and Pharmaceutical Law: Regulations of Research, Development, and Marketing. All four are published with BNA, Inc. In addition, the Section has established a Practical Guide Series.

CLE Programs

Providing opportunities for networking, fast dissemination of information and discussion of cutting edge issues and in-depth analysis of trends in the industry is the goal of the Section's programming. The Section uses several vehicles for programming.

The Section sponsors and co-sponsors live programming on a variety of topics. Issues ranging from the latest on PPACA, to health care antitrust, to mergers and acquisitions are explored in live programs. Opportunities for meeting with colleagues are important parts of all of our live programs.

Webinars are being used to get information on cutting-edge issues to our membership in the quickest turn-around time. Recently, the Section sponsored a basics teleconference series as well as teleconference on hot topics. This is a cost and time-effective way to receive information.

Interest Groups

Practice Area Interest Groups

Educational/Outreach Interest Groups

Networking & Engagement Interest Groups


Are you interested in learning more about membership in the Health Law Section? Membership is available to all American Bar Association members. Dues are $65 for Attorney/Associate Members and free for Law Students. For more information, please contact Carol Simmons, Associate Director, at carol.simmons@americanbar.org.

Simeon Carson, Section Director
Tel: 312-988-5824

  • ABA Relations
  • Council
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Health Law Policy & Coordinating Committee
  • Health Reform
  • Marketing
  • Past Chairs Advisory Board
  • Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health

Carol S. Simmons, Associate Director
Tel: 312-988-5631

  • Cancer Legal Advocacy
  • Interest Groups & Task Forces
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Membership
  • Sponsorship
  • Law Student and Student Health Law Societies
  • Web & Technology

Jason Billups, Program Specialist
Tel: 312-988-5532

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Health eSource Editorial Board
  • Health Lawyer Editorial Board
  • HLbytes
  • Law Student Writing Competition
  • Marketing

Daryl C. Taylor, CMP, Sr Meeting Planner
Tel: 312-988-5146

  • ABA Annual Meeting
  • Distance Learning
  • Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference
  • Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Conference
  • Programs Executive
  • Washington Health Law Summit

Paige Rodenberg, Meetings Assistant
Tel: 312-988-5176

  • Manages meeting registration
  • Manages CLE submissions, processing and reporting; coordination with speakers for all conferences, CLE materials, speaker releases and bios
  • Assists with meeting apps, websites and brochures

Sara CalvilloAdministrative Assistant
Tel: 312-988-5468

  • Administrative duties supporting Director & Associate Director
  • Manages Section Directory, ABA Redbook, Committee Appointments & Reimbursements
  • General website maintenance